“Magic in Names and in Other Things” by Edward Clodd

"Magic in Names and in Other Things" by Edward Clodd

"Magic in Names and in Other Things is a fascinating treatise on superstition by English anthropologist Edward Clodd. It explores the idea of 'mana'-or 'power'-in both tangible and intangible things, but concentrates particularly on its proposed existence in names and words. Most of the information was taken from "Magic in Names", a lecture delivered at the Royal Institution in March 1917. Edward Clodd (1840 – 1930) was an English writer, banker, and anthropologist famous for his various and notable literary and scientific friends. Other notable works by author include: "The Childhood of the World" (1872), "Jesus of Nazareth" (1880), and "Nature Studies" (1882)."